Top Six New Technologies revealed at VMworld 2015

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VMworld 2015 brought a host of new technologies designed to extend networking virtualization and enhance security for today’s mobile virtualized workload. And while there were dozens of product enhancements announced at VMworld 2015, read on for the six announcements we feel are worth a deeper look.

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1. NSX 6.2 expands on the vision of hybrid IT

VMware NSX for vSphere 6.2 continues the giant stride toward Software-Defined Networking (SDN). Since its initial release, NSX 6 reproduced the entire network model in software within the virtualization stack, allowing the network to be programmatically provisioned and managed independently of underlying hardware. Now, NSX 6.2 features:

This release allows admins to create and provision any network topology—from simple to complex multi-tier networks— in seconds. This is done by establishing a library of logical networking elements and services that include switches, logical routers, distributed micro-segmentation firewalls, load balancers, and VPN gateways.

Custom combinations of these new capabilities make IT teams well-equipped to create advanced and robust virtual networks.

These changes further support VMware’s vision of creating true portability of network topology and security policy between multiple vCenter Server implementations. IT administrators now have complete, consistent control over their virtual workloads, regardless of physical location.

Learn more about this release.

2. Site Recovery Manager (SRM) 6.1 introduces flawless migration of networking and security services

VMware vCenter SRM has firmly established itself as the premier tool to empower users to build, manage, and execute reliable Disaster Recovery (DR) plans for virtual environments.

SRM now integrates with NSX to provide seamless migration of networking and security services when moving data centers. SRM now acts as an orchestration engine for live migrations via cross-vCenter vMotion. This allows for planned fail-over between data centers with zero downtime to accommodate maintenance and DR needs.

SRM inter-operates with vSphere storage policies, enabling automatic policy-based protection to VMs. Last but not least, SRM also now supports stretched clustered storage solutions, such as EMC VPLEX, Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform, and #IBM SAN Volume Controller.

Learn more about this release.

3. VMware Virtual SAN 6.1 allows IT to stretch the vSAN across clusters

This has a big impact on the bottom line as it enables the creation of larger virtual SANs that pool together massive amounts of storage that can be managed centrally.

As a result, TCO is lowered by as much as fifty percent. How? Flexible, predictable ‘grow-as-you-go’ scaling that eliminates large up-front investments. Inexpensive industry-standard server components reduce storage CapEx and give you the flexibility to choose between multiple vendors and configurations. Lowered OpEx is realized by simplifying storage management with vSphere tools and automating management of storage service levels through Virtual Machine (VM)-centric policies.

Learn more about this release.

4. vRealize Operations 6.1 (vROps), assures ongoing VM health

vROps is a core component of VMware vSphere with Operations Management (vSOM), delivers vSphere optimized for efficient server virtualization management by adding critical capacity management and performance monitoring capabilities.

Version 6.1 adds intelligent initial workload placement based on capacity and potential contention, and works across clusters and hosts. This not only assures ongoing VM health, but also facilitates automated rightsizing.

Additional features include: the ability to resolve VM resource contention with actionable alerts with one click to move and resolve across clusters, as well as management packs for vSAN and NSX with integrated monitoring for native OS and applications.

5. EVO:SDDC offers expands the cloud-in-a-box architecture

EVO:SDDC builds on the success of EVO:Rail to offer a cloud-in-a-box architecture. While EVO: RAIL is a 2U unit containing four virtual servers along with integrated storage, EVO:SDDC ups the ante by providing a full rack of vSphere hosts and associated storage.

This latest release means that an IT manager can implement a full rack of VMs within just a couple of hours. Computing, networking and storage resources are combined into a hyper-converged solution to create a simple, easy to deploy, all-in-one solution offered by qualified EVO:SDDC partners.

6. vCloud Air and Site Recovery Manager Air

VMware vCloud Air is a hybrid cloud platform based on VMware vSphere that enables seamless movement of VMs between the cloud and on-premise data centers directly from a user’s vCenter Server console.

VMware they will be implementing advanced networking services through NSX integration within the vCloud Air environment that will make it even easier to manage VMs in the cloud, providing expanded network and security scaling. As a result, up to 200 virtual network interfaces can be managed per VDC compared to nine in the previous version of vCloud Air.

Additionally, new enhancements to vCloud Air’s Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) offering makes it much simpler to orchestrate DR in the cloud – it is no longer necessary for the admin to have extensive knowledge of vCenter Orchestrator. This is thanks to Site Recovery Manager Air, a Software-as-a-Service platform integrated into the subscription for vCloud Air DRaaS based on VMware’s industry leading DR orchestration software, Site Recovery Manager.

These six technologies are fully integrated with one another. SRM, for example, integrates with NSX to provide the most comprehensive DR offering on the market. Similarly, vSOM and vROps integrate with vSAN and NSX to provide faster VM provisioning as well as lower cost to implement.

Register for our VMworld 2015 highlights webinar

Did you miss a few sessions, or not able to attend VMworld 2015? Our dedicated VMware experts were all over the event. They’re also hosting an upcoming live webinar to share the most disruptive announcements, and how they’ll affect our VMware clients. Register below, and bring any questions you may have!

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About Drew Robb

Drew Robb is a freelance writer from Los Angeles specializing in technology and engineering. He has a degree in geology from the University of Strathclyde in Scotland. He is also the author of Server Management for Windows Systems by CRC Press and has written hundreds of articles for publications like Computerworld, Network World and Information Week.